On Wednesday, Snapchat has stopped promoting content from the U.S President Donald Trump’s Snapchat account, saying that they are aggravating ‘Racial Violence’. His account, RealDonaldTrump, will remain on the snapchat platform and will continue to appear on the search results. But he will no longer appear in the Discover section, which promotes celebrities, influencers, news publishers.
A Snapchat spokesperson said in a statement, “We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover. Racial violence and injustice have no place in our society and we stand together with all who seek peace, equality, love, and justice in America.
Moreover, the decision to remove Donald Trump from the discover section comes after the controversy around trump’s tweet that many view as inciting violence against protesters. Trump tweeted that protesters would be “greeted with the most vicious dogs and ominous weapons, “I have ever seen.”
Twitter affixed labels to two of trump’s recent tweets: one that glorified violence and another one that spread false news about voting by mail which twitter blurred out. Meanwhile, at Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has stuck by the company’s decision to allow the content on its platform, despite internal protests from employees.
Evan Spiegel Snapchat CEO Shared a letter concerning the recent protests, that he was “heartbroken and enraged by the treatment of black people and people of color in America.” In the letter posted to snap’s site Evan Spiegel also called for the establishment of a “diverse, non-partisan Commission on Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations”, TechCrunch confirmed.
Snapchat stands a bit different. Snap does not want discover to be a place that turns up messages of hate and the company’s thinking is that people can say what they want to on the platform unless and until it doesn’t violate community guidelines. Hence, the Donald Trump Snapchat account will remain on snap, searchable, and available to subscribers and there is no specific content that is removing, fast checking, or censoring.